Third man pleads guilty to brutal downtown Columbia assault last year

Emory Montie

A third man, accused of a brutal assault in downtown Columbia last summer, pleads guilty.

Emory Montie, 24, of Columbia, pleaded guilty on Tuesday to two counts of first-degree assault resulting in serious injuries.  He’ll be sentenced in November.

Montie and three others are accused of robbing and violently assaulting two victims in the early morning hours of June 2019.  One of the victims was unconscious from extensive injuries when police arrived.

Two of Montie’s accomplices, Alexander Nolan and Kyle Johnson, have previously pleaded guilty.  Nolan was sentenced to four years in prison, while Johnson was sentenced to five years supervised probation.  The fourth man, Benjamin Nielsen, is still awaiting a trial date.